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Great Easter Events for the Whole Family!

by Michelle Reedy and Alan Swider

It is almost Easter! The Communities in Somerset County and Morris County have many family friendly events planned to celebrate the holiday. Throughout our area, you can get in the spirit. Check out these great events to celebrate Easter!



Annual Easter Egg Hunt

Date: Saturday, April 1st

Time: 10:00 am

Location: Lidgerwood Park (46 Lidgerwood Parkway, Morristown)

Cost: FREE!

Try to fill your basket with as many eggs as you can. The Easter Bunny will make a special visit. In addition, there will be candy, balloon animals, and face painting.


Annual Egg Hunt

Date: Saturday, April 8th

Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Location: Matthew G. Kantor Memorial Park (915 Valley Road, Gillette)

Cost: FREE!

Be sure to bring your basket for this fun egg hunt. There will be prizes. Spend time with the Easter Bunny. Don't miss the petting zoo and pony rides.


Annual Easter Egg Hunt

Date: Saturday, April 8th

Times: 11:00 am

Location: Frelinghuysen Park (Sherman Avenue, Raritan)

Cost: FREE!

There is much fun to be had at this annual event. Have your photo taken with the Easter Bunny. Win some great Easter prizes in the raffle. Find all the eggs that you can for delicious candy. There are 3 hunt times based on age groups. Children 9-12 can participate at 11:00 am, ages 1-4 at 11:20 am, and children ages 5-8 starts at 11:45 am.


Breakfast with the Easter Bunny

Date: Sunday, April 9th

Time: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Location: Bernards Inn (27 Mine Brook Road, Bernardsville)

Cost: $35 per adult | $20 per child (ages 2 to 12) | FREE for children under 2

Enjoy a delicious buffett breakfast with the Easter Bunny! Along with a fantastic Menu enter the contests to win special prizes from Bernards Inn. Reservations are required and can be made by calling (908) 766-0002.

 

Easter Egg Workshop

Date: Tuesday, April 11th

Times: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm or 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Location: Glassworks Studio (151 South Street, Morristown)

Cost: $10 per person (sign up fee) | $20 per egg (charged after workshop)

Spark your creativity during these workshops for pre-school and elementary school children. Help your child create 3 fused glass Easter Eggs. You can add strings and beads to the eggs in order to display them for the holiday. Register HERE.


Easter Buffet Brunch

Date: Sunday, April 16th

Time: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm

Location: The Olde Mill Inn & Grain House Restaurant (225 Route 202, Basking Ridge)

Cost: $56 per adult | $24 per child (ages 4 to 11)

Spend Easter with your family at the Olde Mill Inn. A delicious Menu has been prepared. Reservations are required and can be made by calling (908) 696-2335.

 



R&S Home Team wishes you and your family a very happy Easter!

NJ Makers Day Events Occurring this Saturday!

by Michelle Reedy and Alan Swider

New Jersey has always been known as a state of great technological innovation, entrepreneurship, and immense talent. This tradition is celebrated during the 3rd annual  New Jersey Makers Day. This Saturday, March 25th, there will be displays, demonstrations, and hands on activities in communities throughout the state. These programs are meant to celebrate maker culture in New Jersey. Local community organizations have come up with their own programming to help promote active learning and an innovative spirit amongst residents. Spend time with your family this Saturday doing something educational and fun! There are many places throughout Somerset and Morris Counties that are participating in the day.

 

Bernards Township Library (32 South Maple Avenue, Basking Ridge)

10:30 am - 12:00 pm - Makers Day Drop In Craft - Participants of all ages will create and test their own handheld catapult.

10:30 am - 2:30 pm - Makers Showcase - See exhibits featuring vintage and new gadgets and technology and visit with local makers.

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm  - Teen Augmented Reality - Create your very own augmented reality experience!


Bridgewater Township Library Branch (1 Vogt Drive, Bridgewater)

10:00 am - 12:00 pm - 4-H Robotics Club Demonstration - All ages will learn more about Lego Mindstorms EV3 robots and programs from this demonstration by the 4-H Robotics Club.

10:00 am - 12:00 pm - Create an Altered Book - Use your creativity and the materials provided to understand and make your own altered book.


Hillsborough Library Branch (379 South Branch Road, Hillsborough)

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm - Makers Day Fair - You will have the opportunity to partake in a variety of hands on activities, including a DIY phone speaker stand, a community loom, optical illusion art, snap circuits, and more. Also, do not miss the numerous informative demonstrations that range in topics from cooking to computer programming.


Peapack & Gladstone Library Branch  (1 School Street, Peapack)

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm - Make Your Own LED Pop-Up Card - Create the perfect holiday or special occasion card with a twist. The card you make will pop-up and have LEDs! Have the opportunity to get creative while learning more about circuits. This activity applies the elements of STEAM. Prior registration is required and can be done online HERE.


Warren Township Library Branch (42 Mountain Boulevard, Warren)

11:00 am - 2:00 pm - Family Makers Fair Fun - Prove you have what it takes in the gingerbeard house challenge and marshmallow tower challenges. Have the opportunity to work on basket weaving, jewelry making, origami, and tissue paper flowers. Watch demonstrations about 3D Printers and Arduino & Raspberry Pi.


The Children's Museum of Somerset County  (120 Finderne Avenue, Bridgewater)

10:00 am - 3:00 pm - Makers Day! - Enjoy hands on activities and the main event, the Nerdy Derby race!  

 

 

Photo Credit: NJMakersDay.org


Celebrate St. Patrick's Day at these Great Local Irish Pubs!

by Michelle Reedy and Alan Swider

St. Patrick’s Day is almost here! You can celebrate all week throughout Somerset and Morris Counties by picking up some delicious Irish grub and beverages at the excellent, local Irish pubs! As you dine on your corned beef and cabbage, fish and chips, or any other fare that suits your fancy, enjoy live entertainment to celebrate the holiday! Here are our recommendations for great Irish Pubs to spend this St. Patrick’s Day!



Dublin Pub | 4 Pine Street, Morristown

Call (973) 538-1999 to ask about any St. Patrick’s Day celebrations!



Grasshopper Off the Green | 41-43 Morris Street, Morristown

There will be a St. Patty’s Day celebration all day Friday starting at noon! Enjoy music from the Blarney Session, a performance by Irish Step Dancers, giveaways, and more until 10:00 pm.



Mannion's Irish Pub | 150 West Main Street, Somerville

Come in on Thursday, March 16th through Saturday, March 18th for live music, Irish step dancers, and bagpipes! The Irish Rakes will be performing from 6:00 to 10:00 pm on Thursday, all day starting at noon on St. Patrick’s Day, and from 8:00 pm to 12:00 am on Saturday. Irish Step Dancers and bagpipes will begin at 7:00 pm on Thursday and 8:00 pm on Friday and Saturday.


Willie McBride’s Irish Pub & Restaurant | 1270 Easton Turnpike, Branchburg    

Be sure to stop in on St. Patrick’s Day for live music from Agus the Band from 1:00 to 4:00 pm and The Kevin Hill Band from 5:00 to 8:00 pm!



Happy St. Patrick’s Day from R&S Home Team!  

Show Some TLC to Your Home's Exterior This March

by Michelle Reedy and Alan Swider

The exterior of your Somerset County home takes a beating during the winter. Snow, ice, and wind damage can lead to future problems with your home. As the weather continues to warm up, March is the perfect time to examine the outside of your home and repair any issues you find. Completing these home maintenance tasks this month will have your house prepared to handle spring showers and keep you comfortable throughout the rest of the year. Check out our list of places to show a little love this March to your home’s exterior.


  • Roof

    • Look for loose or missing shingles. Inspect vent pipes and flashing for cracks and other damage. Hire a professional to make repairs as soon as possible, if necessary.


  • Gutters

    • Remove all the natural debris and leaves that have accumulated in the gutters so that water can be properly directed away from your home. Add gutter guards to avoid the need to complete this task again next month.


  • Siding

    • Wash off the winter’s dirt on your home with a long brush and warm, soapy water to give it a fresh look before spring.


  • Windows and Doors

    • Check out all the caulking around windows and doors. Apply a high quality, latex, exterior caulk to areas where the caulk has worn thin or cracked.


  • Decks

    • Remove debris and leaves from in between your deck’s boards. Fix any loose boards that you find. Make the deck look new again with a good cleaning.


  • Walkways and Driveway

    • Check the asphalt or concrete around your house for cracks caused by the winter weather. Add a sealant to minor cracks or hire a professional to fix the larger issues.


  • Yard

    • Pick up branches and sticks on the lawn before giving it an initial mowing. Prune flower bushes and other landscaping so that they have the chance to properly grow this spring.


  • Air Conditioner Condenser

    • Remove dust and debris from inside your AC condenser so that it can run properly during those hot summer months. Consider hiring a professional to do this task for you as they can give the condenser the most thorough cleaning without causing any damage to the unit.

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Michelle Reedy and Alan Swider
Keller Williams Towne Square Realty
222 Mt. Airy Road
Basking Ridge NJ 07920
908-502-7888
Alan: 908-415-1557 Michelle: 908-872-7266